December Reflections 30: thank you for…

Kathleen Jowitt

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… surprising and exciting developments.

Perhaps they shouldn’t be surprising. When in the autumn we added up the balances of our various savings accounts and found that they made a mortgage deposit, that was after many years of channelling a direct debit in that direction.

What else?

The opportunity to serve on a Cursillo weekend. I wrote a couple of days ago about ‘the privilege of loving people’, and this was largely what I had in mind. Making tea for people, putting chairs out for them, washing their hands… it was wonderful.

Good progress on two books. The Real World is more or less there in terms of word count, and I’m looking forward to diving back in with a red pen in a couple of weeks’ time. The Rassendyll Kidnapping is a lot more nebulous, but a whole load of plot came together in my head at the beginning…

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Italy: Nigerian lesbian attacked and threatened

Listening to Lesbians

Jen Novara Lesbophobia
Two days ago (December 19), at the exit of Novara station, around 6 pm, one of our [Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli-Valsesia Territorial Committee’s] Nigerian members was attacked by a compatriot, Solomon. The young woman, whose nickname is Jen, knew her alleged attacker already and following his initial advances had immediately clarified that she was not interested in the company of men and that she was a lesbian.

On leaving the station Jen tried to avoid Solomon, who followed her and for the umpteenth time he insistently asked her out, not accepting a further refusal.

Solomon angrily addressed her with phrases such as “in our country these things are not allowed” but Jen responded clearly, saying “I am now in Italy, I am free to do what makes me feel good”. At that point Solomon continued to insult her, saying “you’re a shame!” before attacking her. He hit her face threatening “it…

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Italy: Nigerian lesbian attacked and threatened

Listening to Lesbians

Jen Novara Lesbophobia
Two days ago (December 19), at the exit of Novara station, around 6 pm, one of our [Arcigay Rainbow Vercelli-Valsesia Territorial Committee’s] Nigerian members was attacked by a compatriot, Solomon. The young woman, whose nickname is Jen, knew her alleged attacker already and following his initial advances had immediately clarified that she was not interested in the company of men and that she was a lesbian.

On leaving the station Jen tried to avoid Solomon, who followed her and for the umpteenth time he insistently asked her out, not accepting a further refusal.

Solomon angrily addressed her with phrases such as “in our country these things are not allowed” but Jen responded clearly, saying “I am now in Italy, I am free to do what makes me feel good”. At that point Solomon continued to insult her, saying “you’re a shame!” before attacking her. He hit her face threatening “it…

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Day 2. Exploring Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Love Travelling

After the lovely sunny weather we’d experienced the previous day, it was a little disappointing to wake up to a dark, gloomy sky accompanied by rain soaked pavements. Still, undeterred we braved the elements to find somewhere for breakfast. After being brought back to life with two cups of coffee and my favourite smashed avocados on a toasted muffin, we were ready for action and with our hoods up we made our way to the Scottish Parliament, located at the lower end of the Royal Mile.

Untitled The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

This like it or loathe it building was opened in 2004 and has divided opinion ever since. I can’t say that I’m a fan of its exterior but that’s all forgotten once I’ve stepped inside. The Scottish Parliament is free to visit and is open daily, except Sunday. We familiarised ourselves with its role by joining a complimentary 10…

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… but on the other hand

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I like to think it’s because my star sign is Libra …

Side Note: I *believe* in horoscopes only when they promise the really good stuff

Where was I? Right: I’m a Libra and apparently that makes me indecisive — and diplomatic. Which means the task of choosing favourites, even from my own work, is daunting. But that is Patti’s challenge for this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge | favourite photos of 2019, and I like the idea of looking back over a year’s work.

So here goes (with the caveat that today’s hot favourites could be tomorrow’s ‘also-rans’); images from 2019 that still speak to me.

January

redwoods5 Redwoods Tree Walk, Rotorua. Image; Su Leslie 2019

Taken in early January when the Big T and I visited Rotorua, this shot reminds me of a peaceful afternoon on elevated walkways high in a redwood forest. I could use…

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